How to Create a Seamless Transition from Indoors to Out …

How to Create a Seamless Transition from Indoors to Out …

One major benefit of seamless home design from the inside out is that residents and guests are able to enjoy the flow of the property, with each new arch or doorway bringing subtle but mood-altering differences. First-class home design doesn’t have to be confined within four walls, though – with some strategic design updates, the internal warmth and character of a home can be fused with the natural beauty and tranquility of the outside world.

Harmoniously combining indoor and outdoor design can be tricky, as you don’t want to jeopardise the feel or practicality of either space – but the personal rewards that come with getting this right are undeniable. Below, we’ve outlined some key considerations to bear in mind when creating a ‘transterior’ area in your own home – where the divide between inside and outside spaces becomes all but nonexistent.

Create a logical layout …

When coming up with ideas for your transterior space, make sure to acknowledge important natural considerations, such as sunlight, shade and exposure to wind, to ensure external factors like these don’t get in the way of achieving the outcome you have in mind. Design elements such as furniture and accessories are completely within your control, but the elements unfortunately aren’t!

You can install large patio doors to create the illusion of additional space, which can be further complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows. For the ultimate transterior impact, though, consider actually removing a wall altogether or replacing it with support columns. This update allows physical barriers separating the interior and exterior to be eliminated completely, creating an airy, open space.

Make sure to choose your entrance point carefully, as open-plan indoor/outdoor spaces work best when they’re fluid in design, so that movement throughout the entire space is natural and unobstructed for guests and homeowners alike.

Plan with a purpose …

The ultimate transterior space should create a greater sense of freedom in the home while also simplifying any pastimes you enjoy here – and depending on your unique needs and ambitions, this space can serve a variety of worthwhile purposes. For example, in a functional extension such as a garage or conservatory, plant-lovers can kit out this space with sturdy garage shelving units and fill these to the brim with potted plants and terrariums, as well as all the gardening equipment they’ll need to keep their flora looking its best all year round.

Other popular options include al-fresco dining rooms, kitchen or barbecue areas, outdoor bars with stools placed for a breakfast or cocktail with a difference, and pool and bathing solutions (think huge shower heads, moat-like swimming pools which spread into the property itself, and baths surrounded by plants and stones for a long, relaxing soak).

When it comes to deciding on how exactly you’ll use your transitional space, the key is figuring out what will bring you the most joy, be the most practical and offer the most cost-effective outcome – in terms of both the initial build and future maintenance.

Make use of complementary materials …

For a flawless transterior space, harmoniously marrying up indoor and outdoor elements is, of course, key – and by choosing materials which fuse naturally with the surroundings, this can be done easily. Consider sourcing wood and stone locally to mimic natural elements indoors and achieve this sense of harmony.

If locally sourced materials can’t be used in the build for whatever reason (be it cost, practicality or anything else), try to incorporate them as additional features – for example, by introducing natural rock partition walls or a living wall made entirely from lush plant life.

You should also ensure that the colours of the materials used are in fitting with both the property’s existing qualities and the neighbouring views. Make use of blues on higher surfaces to complement the blue of the sky, and introduce warmer colours like reds and oranges to make ground-level spaces feel warmer.

Find furniture that works for you …

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Wicker furniture is an ideal option for a natural-look living space, as it’s made from wood and is comfortable all year round – especially when paired with some cosy, earth-tone cushions. Water fountains and potted plants help to breathe life into the area, while adding a beanbag or two creates a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

By taking a creative approach to breaking the barrier between the indoors and outdoors of your home, you can build a property you love spending time in every day and improve its value in the process. For example, by simply adding decking to your garden area, you can increase the overall value of your home by up to 2%.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your transterior home improvement project today.

Garden Structures – plan now for 2018!

Garden Structures – plan now for 2018!

Garden structures can transform a garden in an instant while making the most of your outdoor space. The right garden structure can turn your garden into an additional room, an extension of your home.

But like any project around the home it is essential to get the planning right before you proceed as there are a number of factors to consider here.

How do you choose the right garden structure for your garden? What do you need to consider before buying a shed, gazebo, pagoda or log cabin? Here are some tips and advice on choosing the right garden building for your home.

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How to create a cosy conservatory space …

How to create a cosy conservatory space …

As we say goodbye to summer and welcome September, the idea of a comfortable and functional conservatory is all the more appealing as we cling to summer for as long as we can.

The adaptability of conservatories is perhaps their greatest asset, providing the home with an extra space to relax, dine, work or nap. While the weather becomes cooler and the days shorter, now is the time to make the most of your inside/outside room and prepare it for winter, so you can still make use out of it whatever the weather.

When it comes to reinvigorating this often forgotten space, it can be difficult to get inspired – so in today’s post, we’ll be taking you through a number of ways you can prepare for autumn and winter, designing a cosy conservatory for the months ahead.

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New Year – New Conservatory?

New Year – New Conservatory?

Well, if you’re reading this we guess the answer is ‘yes.’

After the festivities over Christmas and New Year January is often the month that many people start think about the next bit of home improvement for the coming year.

And often a new conservatory is top of the list.

It maybe they’ve realised over Christmas that they need more space to cope with the influx of an ever growing family unit or it may simply be the fact that there are some cracking offers to be found on conservatory builds and furnishings in the January Sales.

If it’s simply new conservatory furniture you’re looking for then you’re in the right place as we have a massive range of conservatory furniture with plenty of discounts available.

However, it may be you haven’t got as far as the furniture yet, so below are a few new conservatory ideas to get the creative ideas flowing …

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Outdoor Cushions – Top Tips for that perfect look all year …

Outdoor Cushions – Top Tips for that perfect look all year …

Perhaps we’re stating the obvious here but Outdoor Cushions should be the focal point for any type of outdoor furniture – whether it be a sofa set, dining set or simply a garden bench – they add the character and crowning detail.

They are crucial to the furniture’s success in your outdoor space and, we appreciate, you want them to remain that way.

What you don’t want is a set that look tired and worn after only six months of use or, even worse, a set that you retrieve from the shed after their winter break only to find they’re all mouldy and unusable.

So, we’ve put together your very own little checklist of what to and look for before and after you buy any piece of outdoor furniture that come with a set of cushions.

Sumptuous Outdoor Cushions on the Apple Day Bed
Sumptuous Outdoor Cushions on the Apple Day Bed …

Outdoor Cushions – before you buy …

Every retailer of outdoor furniture will tell you that their cushions are …

”… fine to be left outside all year round.”

However, as with anything you buy, outdoor cushions do not always do what the retailer says they do on the tin.

Therefore, you need to scrutinise the information on offer before you buy and do your research to avoid disappointment on, or months after, the delivery day.

The Fabrics:

A couple of things to remember here:

  1. There is a difference between water resistant and water repellent.
  2. Long words do not necessarily denote quality.

This is where search engines like Google come in very handy – take your time and put the long fabric names into the search bar to find out more details and be sure in your own mind that you really are buying the highest quality.

WE RECOMMEND:

Olefin Cushion Fabrics like those found on our Montana Range of Sofa Sets.

And, if a retailer advertises water repellent cushions they should really be able to back this up with videos and/or pictures that demonstrate this fact – take our Casablanca Range, for example.

The Fillings:

Again there are fillings and there are fillings when it comes to outdoor cushions.

And the fact is that the filling in any cushion that isn’t water repellent is going to get wet in the UK climate – probably on a regular basis.

So again listen to what the retailer has to say, whether it be verbally or in writing on a website or in a sales brochure, and then do a bit of your own digging to verify this.

WE RECOMMEND:

Look for those retailers who offer a resin fibre sandwich filling as these allow water to pass through and dry very quickly – all our outdoor cushions have a resin fibre filling for exactly this reason.

UK Fire Retardant Regulations:

This is a legal requirement for your safety and those around you but you’d be surprised how many retailers don’t adhere to this – so please do check and insist on this.

As a quick heads up, all our cushions do comply with UK Fire Retardant Regulations and this means that, the first time they get wet you may find a slight white residue appears on them – this is simply excess fire retardant solution, is perfectly normal, and can be removed by putting the covers through a light wash in the washing machine.

UV Stabilisers:

These are also a must really as they prevent the fabric colour dyes from fading in direct sunlight over time – there’s nothing worse than a tired, shabby looking cushion.

High Spec Outdoor Bench Cushions
High Spec Outdoor Bench Cushions …

Outdoor Cushions – after you buy …

Obviously, it is not a good idea to leave your outdoor cushions outside all year – the chances are you will not be using them over the winter period so it is definitely a good idea to have a proper place to store them.

Before you store them:

Please ensure that both the fabrics and the fillings are 100% dry – and we mean bone dry – before you store them away. Any moisture left in the fabric or filling is highly likely to cause rot to occur giving you that nasty shock when you come to use them the following season.

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Buying a Cushion Box.

However once again do check that these are suitably robust, inner lined and have some ventilation as well.

Of course, we also do a fantastic range of Teak and Rattan Outdoor Cushion Boxes!

Ventilated Teak Cushion Boxes
Ventilated Teak Cushion Boxes …